In the mid-to-late 1980s, the Jefferson County Historical Commission embarked on an ambitious Place Names Project to research, document, and catalog known geographic place names in Jefferson County, both contemporary and historic. A large committee was established, and its members scoured USGS quadrangles, history books, and other sources to write descriptions of areas with which they were familiar. The database of almost 2,500 entries was first placed on the county’s website in the 1990s. In 2020 it was transferred to Golden History Museum & Park, City of Golden.

Still a work in progress, you can peruse the descriptions here. We are continually refining the contents. Let us know if you see any errors.

Quaker Acres Park

Land acquisition for Quaker Acres was provided by the City of Arvada’s 6 % developer’s requirement and by Open Space. Jefferson County Commissioners approved $125,000 of Open Space funds for land to be deeded to North Jeffco, May 7, 1985. The City of Arvada leased this property to North Jeffco for 99 years for one dollar. The park is named for the subdivision in which it is located.

Qualla Lode

In 1876 operated by South Deer Creek Mining Company.

Quatman Mine

Named for owner Catherine Quatman. Uranium mine operated by Cotter Corp. 1960 produced 7.6 tons valued at 142 dollars.

Queen of Vietnamese Martyr’s Catholic

Church organized in 1976, rented space until 1990. Built own church and social hall. 550 families, 1,000 attend masses. August 12, 1990 3,500 attend Vietnamese language mass as part of World Faith Day. August 13, 1993 7,000 attended Vietnamese language mass.

Quillette Ditch

Quillette Ditch is in Water District No. 7, and has priority No 5, (May 31, 1860), with water diverted out of the north bank of Clear Creek. Claimants in 1884 were John Juchem, J.B.C. Boyd, Moses, Quellette, Henry King, Charles H. Danforth, George Packard and S. Eaton. Records of the State Engineer’s “Water Rights Report” show water has partially been transferred to Agricultural Ditch, Farmers High Line and City of Golden. Properties of Quellette, Juchem and Boyd are shown on the 1899 Farm Map in “More Than Gold.” George Packard was vice President on the first organization of the Clear Creek Valley Farmers Club and was Master of the First Grange in Colorado, Ceres No. 1. The spelling Quellette appears variously as ‘Quelette’ or Willet.’